Contract Laws of Asia – Indemnities

Asian Business Law Institute and Singapore Academy of Law

September 2022

Indemnity clauses are frequently seen in commercial contracts in the common law world. Although those clauses have since found their way into contracts in civil law jurisdictions and are becoming increasingly common, understanding of a common law indemnity may not be entirely accurate in the civil law world.

The Contract Laws of Asia – Indemnities thus focuses on:

  • Operation of indemnity clauses in contracts in select common law jurisdictions, such as when such clauses are commonly sought, the advantages and disadvantages of an indemnity, and how a claim under an indemnity clause differs from a claim for damages for breach of contract; and
  • Whether the common law concept of indemnity exists in select civil law and hybrid jurisdictions, and if this concept does not exist, where are the analogous remedies available in those jurisdictions.

Jurisdictions and governing laws covered by the publication are: 

  • Civil law and hybrid jurisdictions: China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam
  • Common law: Australia, England and Wales, India, Malaysia, New York law, Singapore

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Australia (pp 11 – 38)

Jonathan Slater, Ananya Roy and Christian McDowell of Clayton Utz

China (pp 39 – 47)

Deng Yongquan and Dr Du Guodong of Anli Partners

England and Wales (pp 48 – 61)

Rhys Thomas, David Harding and Stanzi Rosenthal of Jones Day

India (pp 62 – 76)

Vivek Kathpalia, Dipti Bedi, Pragati Sharma and Abhilasha Malpani of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Indonesia (pp 77 – 86)

Fransiscus Rodyanto and Fadhira Mediana of SSEK Legal Consultants

Japan (pp 87 – 95)

Sook Zhen Ng of Dentons Rodyk and Yasuhiko Tanabe of Tanabe & Partners

Malaysia (pp 96 – 115)

Lee Lily of Zaid Ibrahim & Co and Yim Siew Lim

New York law (pp 116 – 128)

Dan Moss, Lee Wilson and Roger Lu of Jones Day, and Dominic Edwards

Philippines (pp 129 – 140)

JJ Disini of Disini Buted Disini Law Offices

Singapore (pp 141 – 152)

Debbie Woo Pui Haan, Loh Chun Kiat and JunYi Goh of Rajah & Tann Asia

Thailand (pp 153 – 161)

Ittichai Prasongprasit of R&T Asia (Thailand) Limited

Vietnam (pp 162 – 171)

Duc Dang, Steven Jacob and Loc Ngo Dang of Indochine Counsel

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